Cities around the world have faced economic and social challenges similar to those facing Detroit. In response to their resource constraints, many cities have developed innovative solutions to ensure the health of their populations. Believing that the next great global health innovations will come from cities in low- and middle-income countries, we are channeling the innovative acumen of industry leaders like Henry Ford and General Electric and applying it to healthcare through Reverse Innovation: the Global Health Initiative’s approach to adapt global and develop local healthcare delivery models and technologies.
Community Health Innovator Program (CHIP)
CHIP puts mHealth technology (mobile teaching, training, and feedback tools) in the hands of Community Health Workers to increase their capacity for local problem-solving through training and technical assistance. CHIP, which was created in collaboration with our International Advisory Board, innovatively ensures that these community leaders of healthcare delivery are skilled and competent.
Sustainable development, public health, and equity workshop
The workshop, held in 2015, called together a diverse and multidisciplinary group of social justice advocates, academics, healthcare practitioners, and community leaders to create movement around sustainable healthcare in Detroit. Held as a community-based, day-long workshop, participants adapted sustainable development goals and examples to the Detroit context, while renewing a call for greater health accountability.
Outreach to LGBTQ Adolescents for STI/HIV Testing and Treatment (OutLAST) will use existing technology to shift norms and narratives around STI/HIV testing and treatment among one of the most vulnerable and marginalized populations. A global health delivery model (Peer Lay Health Advisors) will utilize mHealth technology while meeting these youth on the street to increase their knowledge and self-efficacy for testing/treatment.
Questions of culture, infrastructure, sustainability, and regulation inform our adaptive reverse innovation work. For that reason, we are actively developing frameworks to guide the transfer of information and best practices from global locations to cities and regions in the US. A workgroup of regional, national, and global partners advises us on this process.